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Native Hawaiian remains arrive home after 100 years


    The Museum of Ethnology in Dresden, Germany, transferred human remains Monday to a group of Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners that included Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamana‘opono Crabbe, center, at a signing in Germany. To Crabbe’s left is Dr. Birgit Scheps-Bretschneider of the Grassi Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig, Germany. In back are Edward Halealoha Ayau, an OHA liaison officer, left, and Sam Kaleikoa Ka‘eo, a Hawaiian studies professor at Maui College, greeting each other with ha, or Hawaiian exchange of breath.

After more than a century away from the islands, human remains stolen from burial caves in Hawaii and sold to a museum in Germany have finally returned home. Read more

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